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Access: One Now Supports Virtual And Cloud Infrastructures

Pirean : 17 February, 2011  (New Product)
Pirean has taken its authentication solution Access: One beyond the corporate network by providing support for cloud computing access and virtualised networks

Pirean Software has launched the latest release of Access: One, extending the Versatile Authentication and Authorisation Solution beyond applications inside of the corporate network.  Access: One now supports Versatile Authentication and Authorisation, Federated Identity Management and Single Sign-On across on-site, hosted, cloud and SaaS installations.


Access: One enables organisations to reuse their user’s corporate security credentials (whether username and password or stronger, multi-factor, authentication) when accessing any secured application, whether inside or outside of the datacentre.  With Access: One, enterprises can use multiple authentication technologies including Microsoft Active Directory, Radius, TACACS, multi-factor authentication, smart card or any combination of supported products to manage access to any application, irrespective of where it resides.


“A major concern when considering a cloud based service provider is the end-to-end security of the platform.  At Pirean we believe security isn’t just about the back end databases and networks – but also how you manage user authentication and authorisation.  It’s also about who has access to what, and how they authenticate themselves.  With Access: One we offer our customers the same level of Identity, Access and Audit Management with a cloud service as they already have to protect their corporate systems.” explains Stuart Wilson, Managing Director of Pirean, “Access: One provides tight integration between your corporate and cloud networks.  You no longer need to manage user directories and authentication services for each cloud or service provider – instead you have one Access Management platform across corporate and cloud environments.”


Access: One was first developed to solve a number of complex Access Management challenges for a large UK enterprise undertaking  high-profile merger.  “Before Access: One, the IT challenges regarding mergers and acquisitions were significant.  Organisations would spend months on expensive Directory consolidation and Identity Management projects.  With Access: One we deployed one platform which managed access to all systems from a single point.  Providing single sign-on across applications, we now allow users to logon to applications using their existing credentials, no matter which organisation they originated from.  Access: One was able to reduce the integration effort (and time) significantly for this customer.”


Deployed as a dedicated Authentication and Authorisation service, Access: One acts as a cloud security proxy, verifying user credentials against any combination of identity and authentication services that an enterprise already maintains. Once validated, Access: One creates a direct connection between the user and the authorised cloud, hosted or SaaS application.


“This method has a number of distinct advantages,” explains Wilson, “All attempts to access a protected resource are secured against one or more authentication procedures with a full audit trail. Also, if the enterprise wants to introduce new applications, change cloud providers or add a new authentication technology, there is a single point of control.  The process of moving applications to the cloud is now transparent to users, there is no need to set-up new accounts or to undertake an expensive migration / synchronisation effort.  By implementing Access: One as the Authentication and Authorisation service the cloud is secure.”


Access: One communicates with both local applications and remote clouds via secure services and can run in a high availability configuration to avoid single point of failure. Pirean will be running sessions at Pulse which will provide insight into 'Cloud and New Delivery Models For Innovation' and 'Managing Compliance and Audit Requirements for a Secure Organization'.

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